Kirk Cousins, Michigan State. The senior quarterback looked overwhelmed in the first half, when he only had 32 passing yards against a stiff Georgia rush. But Cousins hung in there and finished with 300 yards and led the Spartans on the game-tying drive at the end of regulation. He was inconsistent, getting picked off three times. Cousins did a great job adjusting as the game went on and spread around his passes, with five different receivers catching at least four passes.
Georgia’s Blair Walsh had three field goal attempts in overtime, and the first and third ones were equally key, but the final one ended the game. Walsh’s 47-yard attempt was blocked at the line after it appeared to be kicked too low.
Mark Richt may have shown too much faith in his place-kicker. Georgia only needed a field goal to win the game in the first overtime, so Richt decided to play for the kick right away rather than try to get closer to the goal line. So on second down Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray took a knee in the center of the field, losing two yards in the process. The ensuing 43-yard field goal was wide right. It was the 13th miss of the season for Walsh.
Quote of the game
“I think for the last four years for this team I’ve been dependable. And it sucks that I wasn’t there when they needed me to be (Monday).” -- Walsh
By the numbers
Walsh’s final career total for points, breaking the SEC and program record that had been held by Georgia’s Billy Bennett, who finished with 209.
Points off turnovers for Michigan State.
Total elapsed time in minutes of the Outback Bowl -- or four hours and 10 minutes.
Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell’s rushing yards in the final four games. He had 821 in the first nine games.